Alameda Blaze play Aussie Sparks exhibition game
The Alameda Blaze 13-and-under softball team played an exhibition game against the Aussie Sparks during the Fremont Aussie Sparks Challenge on September 24-25. In the finale of the tournament, the Blaze played an exhibition game against the guests of honor to top off a successful weekend against stronger competition. Alameda finished 2-2 for the weekend in the competitive part of the tournament and had a fun and entertaining game against the visiting Sparks. The Australian team is touring Northern California as part of a two-week trip. The girls exchanged gifts following the game and the Aussies particularly liked the Blaze T-shirts they received.
10U Blaze results
The 10U Blaze returned to their first fall season tournament after the break from the summer travel tournaments. The pool play portion of the tournament started at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, with another two games scheduled for the day. From the beginning game against the East Bay Impact, the Blaze defense and offense where outstanding.
Ruby Siltanen pitched three scoreless innings, with only three batters from the Impact on base in five innings. Defense plays from center fielder Mira Piamonte with a catch and multiple plays by first baseman Victoria Avery kept the Blaze win at 5-2. Lizy Avery had a solid single to right field to bring in Mikayla Wong for an RBI. Alanna Norman also had two back to back doubles.
The second game on Saturday against the Tracy Titans opened up again with pitcher Lily Wilmot pitching four scoreless innings. Again, the Blaze only allowed six batters to get on base and none were able to score. A great throw down to short stop Bella Vick from Catcher Isabella Sheel on an attempted steal to second was one of the highlights of the game. Offensively, Alexis Esparza led the game with a solid triple in the first inning and another hard hit single, driving in four RBIs combined. The Blaze ended game two with a 7-0 win.
Game three against the Real Renegades had a rocky first inning, which cost three runs, but pitcher Mikayla Wong completed the game coming into the third and fourth innings, keeping it scoreless for the Renegades. Aggressive base running by Eileen Rhatigan brought in another run in the third. Moving into the rest of the game, the Blaze again took over the field coming back and offensively dominating the field. Lily Wilmot, Ruby Siltanen, Mira Piamonte, Victoria Avery all had doubles and a great hit by Savannah Mesterhazy in the second inning driving up the second base line. The Blaze would win their third game, 10-3.
The first contest for Sunday morning was the semi-finals against the only other 3-0 team, the Albany Berkeley Sting. The Sting started off the first inning with a run, but the Blaze battled back with five doubles by Mira Piamonte and Alanna Norman. Norman brought in two RBIs and Piamonte, one. In the top of the fourth, the Blaze, leading 8-1, stumbled with a couple of errors, which cost them five runs, bringing the score to 8-6. In the bottom of the fourth, the Blaze would need to secure the victory with more runs, which Lily Wilmot, Ruby Siltanen and Victory Avery sealed. The game ended with the Blaze advancing to the championship on a score of 11-6.
The Blaze took the championship from the Tracy Titans, banging out 12 runs for the contest. They contributed nine hits and eight runs in the first inning, taking an 8-3 lead. Bella Vick and Ruby Siltanen had multiple hits, with Siltanen landing a solid triple and bringing in four combined RBIs in the game. Multiple defensive plays by infielders Alexis Esparza, Victoria Avery and Bella Vick. Aggressive base running by Mikayla Wong brought another run and on top defense from outfielders Alanna Norman and Savannah Mesterhazy.